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Black People’s Convention (BPC)

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The Black People’s Convention (BPC) was an umbrella organisation of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). BCM had its origins in university campuses, mainly white, liberal universities... read more
The Bantu Women's League was the first women's organisation in South Africa. It was started in 1918 by one of our earliest women activists... read more
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Since the early 1990s, June 16, now known as Youth Day, has been remembered, commemorated, and memorialised as public history. There have... read more
Regular elections have been a feature of South Africa’s political landscape since the establishment of Union of South Africa in 1910... read more
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Introduction. Pondoland is the traditional area of the Pondo people, one of the Xhosa speaking peoples. Pondoland area is... read more
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In December 1971, Durban students issued the first edition of Isisebenzi , a Bulletin of the Wages Commission, Students Representative... read more
This article was written by Cait Chapman and forms part of the SAHO and Southern Methodist University partnership project Women’s... read more
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Before the Europeans settled in the Cape in 1652, the indigenous economy was dominated by subsistence agriculture and hunting. Up to the... read more
SALDRU's press clipping collection was invaluable in researching South Africa's transition to democracy...Reading through the... read more
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The year of 1985 signaled the beginning of the end of apartheid society and governance in South Africa. Following an upsurge of violent and... read more
Pan-Africanism is the belief that people of African descent have common interests and should be unified. Historically, Pan-Africanism has... read more
Civic organisation also experienced problems in organising across the racial divide. Initially the emerging civic organisation in African... read more
By the 1860s, subjugation of African people in the immediate vicinity of the Cape had been achieved. Other than a small, enfranchised... read more
The Building Construction and Allied Workers’ Union (BCAWU) was formed on 1 March 1975, and Leonard ‘Skakes’ Sikhakhane... read more
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Mkhumbane is a three-act musical with lyrics written by Alan Paton and the music by Todd Tozama Matshikiza. In 1959 Matshikiza wrote the... read more
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The four major ethnic divisions among Black South Africans are the Nguni, Sotho, Shangaan-Tsonga and Venda. The Nguni represent nearly two... read more
Context As the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), founded in 1963, was established as a loose association of African states with limited... read more
This article was taken from the book The Final Prize by Norman Levy (Chapter 11) “Bantu Education or the Street” The first... read more
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In 1894, Pondoland was annexed by the Cape Colony. It was one of the last occupied areas in South Africa. The area was not occupied by... read more
The African National Congress (ANC) is South Africa's governing party and has been in power since the transition to democracy in April... read more
From: South Africa's Radical Tradition, a documentary history, Volume One 1907 - 1950, by Allison Drew Introduction South Africa's... read more
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Introduction The South Africa Act passed by the British Parliament in 1909 combined the self-governing British colonies of the Natal, Cape... read more

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